Stunning video of record-challenging surfing ride near Nazare, Portugal

November 9, 2011

International, Uncategorized

Is this the largest wave ever ridden?

By: Pete Thomas, GrindTV.com
Garrett McNamara rode what members of his group implied was the largest wave ever successfully negotiated during a tow-surfing session Tuesday off the coast of Nazare, a small fishing town 70 miles north of Lisbon, Portugal. The wave face measured “around 90 feet,” according to a news release announcing the feat.

McNamara, a big-wave surfing icon from Hawaii, was riding large waves with Andrew Cotton and Al Mennie when three gigantic waves appeared on the outside. Cotton used a personal watercraft to tow McNamara onto the massive shoulder of one of those rogue waves.

Guinness World Records lists a 77-foot wave ridden at Cortes Bank in 2008, by Mike Parsons, as the current record. Cortes Bank is a shallow reef that sits 100 miles off the coast of Southern California, and is considered one of the most feared nautical hazard for mariners.

http://www.grindtv.com/surf/blog/30981/is+this+the+largest+wave+ever+ridden/

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